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A Patient's Guide to Adhesions & Related Pain (part 9)

Conclusion: You Are Not Alone

Adhesions are almost an inevitable outcome of surgery, and the problems that they cause are widespread and sometimes severe.  It has been said by some that adhesions are the single most common and costly problem related to surgery, and yet most people have not even heard the term.  This lack of awareness means that many doctors are unable or unwilling to tackle the problems of adhesions, many insurance companies are unwilling to pay for treatment and many patients are left in misery.  We are witnessing the beginning of a reversal of this situation as can be seen from a recent conference on pelvic pain.

If you are suffering from the effects of adhesions, I hope that you have learned that  YOU ARE NOT ALONE   Emotional stress plays a major role in the pain that ADHESIONS can cause.  A good support network is essential and "a trouble shared is a trouble halved."  Many patients have reported that by sharing their experiences with others, be it by phone, local support group or the Internet, their feelings of loneliness, abandonment and frustration have abated, engendering a healing frame of mind.

I have had a number of requests to start a patient support group for ADHESIONS sufferers (suggested motto: Let's Stick Together!!) whose goals would be:  

  • to share experiences and information
  • to provide support and advice to is members
  • to raise the level of awareness among doctors, healthcare providers, government, prompting them to provide more comprehensive and integrated care for adhesions sufferers
  • to support scientific research into adhesions and their prevention


Please note that this article is not intended to provide specific medical advice.  In all cases, an appropriately qualified medical doctor should be consulted about your condition and your proper treatment.

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